Very exciting news. The non-conference schedule has been released for the 2013-14 season. And it's a doozy, folks. In addition to the games we already knew about (Oklahoma, Texas Tech, NIT Tip off, Wichita State, Xavier and UCLA), Alabama will also travel to Tampa to play South Florida (first one to 40 wins that one), will host a very tough mid-major in Robert Morris (knocked off Kentucky in the NIT), will host Charleston Southern for the second straight year, and will also host North Florida. The NIT has yet to announce their bracket pairings so we don't know yet who will travel to Tuscaloosa for those games. Here is a link to the official site.
It's a very solid schedule with a good mix of home, road and neutral games. Most importantly, there are actually some compelling home games this season (Texas Tech, Wichita State and Xavier), which should generate some early excitement for the casual fans. The schedule should also add some pop to Bama's RPI as some or most of these teams should represent themselves well in their respective leagues.
What are your thoughts on the schedule?